Jay R. Carson, Associate

Wegman, Hessler & Vanderburg
6055 Rockside Woods Boulevard, Suite 200
Cleveland, Ohio 44131 

T: (216) 642-3342
F: (216) 642-8826

Mr. Carson represents companies in commercial litigation matters, including breach of contract and consumer claims in state and federal court. He served as a legislative aide to the Ohio General Assembly, a law clerk to the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals and a Common Pleas Court Magistrate and draws on those experiences in advocating for clients and helping guide businesses through Ohio’s regulatory requirements.

Mr. Carson has successfully defended and prosecuted cases for companies including:

  • Obtaining summary judgment in favor of a national lender in a complex class action suit;
  • Helping a health insurance company recover substantial reimbursements from a provider who defrauded it;
  • Successfully defending clients against a frivolous breach of contract suit, leading to a defense verdict and an award of attorneys fees; and
  • Obtaining a reversal of a six figure punitive damages award for a large national insurer in federal appellate court.

He is active in the community and serves on several public boards, including the Cuyahoga County Workforce Investment Board and as the current President of the Lakewood Civil Service Commission.

Practice Areas


  • J.D., The Ohio State University College of Law, 1997
  • B.A., Baldwin-Wallace College, 1992, Magna Cum Laude

Bar Admissions

  • State of Ohio, 1997
  • United States District Court, Northern District of Ohio, 2001
  • United States Court, Southern District of Ohio, 2002
  • United States Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit, 2001

Memberships / Honors / Awards

  • Ohio State Bar Association
  • Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association
  • City Club of Cleveland – Young Leaders
  • Lakewood Civil Service Commission, President
  • Cuyahoga County Workforce Investment Board
  • Council of Smaller Enterprises (COSE) – Advocacy Committee
  • Ohio Law and Politics “Rising Star” 2009
  • Board Member, North Coast Health Ministry


  • “Stomping at Sovoie: Legislative Intent and the Expansion of UM/UIM Insurance”, Toledo Law Review Ohio Legislative Issues Symposium (January 2001)